Revolution (1985)

PG-13  |   |  Adventure, Drama, History  |  25 December 1985 (USA)
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New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sgt. Maj. Peasy
Daisy McConnahay
Mrs. McConnahay
Dave King ...
Mr. McConnahay
Sgt. Jones
John Wells ...
Liberty Woman
Ned Dobb
Sid Owen ...
Young Ned
Lord Hampton
Lord Darling
Eric Milota ...
Felicity Dean ...
Jo Anna Lee ...


New York trapper Tom Dobb becomes an unwilling participant in the American Revolution after his son Ned is drafted into the Army by the villainous Sergeant Major Peasy. Tom attempts to find his son, and eventually becomes convinced that he must take a stand and fight for the freedom of the Colonies, alongside the aristocratic rebel Daisy McConnahay. As Tom undergoes his change of heart, the events of the war unfold in large-scale grandeur. Written by William Agee <>

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for war violence and related images | See all certifications »





Release Date:

25 December 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Revolution 1776  »

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$28,000,000 (estimated)


$184,570 (USA)

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| (DVD) | (Director's Cut)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's opening prologue states: "IT IS 1776, and the world is ruled by two nations - France and England. A state of open hostility has existed for more than 80 years between the two super powers as both strive for world domination. America is the prize possession of England's empire and the most important emergent nation of the 18th century. A declaration of independence from English rule has just been made. The American people are divided; a quarter remain loyal to King George, but England has landed a vast armada on Long Island to crush the rebels. Out story begins on 4th July. 30,000 redcoats are ready to march on New York and a people's army is gathering to oppose them". See more »


Tom Dobb comments that Daisy McConnahay has given up everything to be there with the revolutionary army, yet she has never told him so. How could he know? See more »


Lord Hampton: Daisy McConnahay! You traitorous bitch!
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Very Effective and Entertaining Film
31 October 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie has consistantly been trashed by numerous professional and amateur reviewers alike. Even Leonard Maltin, my personal favorite movie guy, rated it a "BOMB". I can`t understand why. Although it isn`t a perfect film endeavor, it does tell a story that`s never been told before...but obviously in a manner that many found extremely annoying at best. Aside from New York and L.A. movie houses, I don`t believe this film was released nationally at any time. Personally, I thought it was a very different type of movie, but effective and entertaining in a strange way. It gave me a feel for the time period, including an appealing atmospheric identity. Being an ex-NewYorker and exposed to the famous Revolutionary battlefields, that still exist throughout the metro area, I felt an aura of actually being present in that time period, with events occuring on both surrealistic and realistic levels. Al Pacino is a born/raised New Yorker and I believe captured the essence of his character very well. Pacino gave a solid portrayal of an 18th. century individual caught up in a violent period of American history. This movie has been unfairly criticized and overly maligned in my humble opinion. A unique film deserving of more praise then it has been awarded. See it for yourself.

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